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Up to 2 feet expected in the mountains early this week

— Forecasters are predicting one to two feet of snow will fall in the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs between Monday and Wednesday, with nearly a foot expected in town.

A system dropping consistent snow in areas in southern Colorado is expected to begin hitting further north Monday, mixing with a strong cold front from the northwest, according to the National Weather Service.

“Light to moderate snow will begin [Monday] morning, and it looks like the heavy stuff will be from noon onwards,” said Tom Renwick, forecaster with the National Weather Service’s Grand Junction office.

Renwick said temperatures should remain at or below freezing for the entirety of the storm, which will bring the heaviest snowfall between noon Monday and midnight, with precipitation continuing through midday Wednesday.

He said the storm could dump 10 to 12 inches of snow in downtown Steamboat.

“It all depends on the temperatures, and if that front is weaker than expected, but we’re fairly confident,” he said.

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-30s Monday, with a nighttime low of 21, according to the NWS forecast.

Cooler temperatures are expected Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs of 27 and 21 on those respective days.

Nighttime lows are expected to drop from 21 degrees Monday to 4 degrees Tuesday night and 0 Wednesday night.

“Temperatures will be unseasonably cold on Wednesday and will stay cold into Thursday,” said Mike Weissbluth, who runs the SnowAlarm website. “Valley inversion will form as well, making the first few days of March feel like mid-winter.”

Weissbluth predicted even higher snowfall totals for the storm as part of his most recent forecast report Saturday evening.

He expects 6 to 12 inches to fall by Tuesday morning and an additional 6 to 12 inches to arrive Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Following this storm system, Weissbluth predicts rising temperatures Thursday and the possibility of more snowfall over the weekend.

“Temperatures will moderate under a building ridge for Thursday and Friday before we are clipped by a fast moving wave traveling through the ridge that may produce snow showers on Saturday,” Weissbluth said.

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